Most everyone is familiar with the term, “southern hospitality,” but what exactly is southern hospitality? Wikipedia defines it as “a phrase used in American English to describe the stereotype of residents of the Southern United States as particularly warm, sweet, and welcoming to the visitors to their homes, or to the South in general.” If you have ever visited the Southern United States, you may have found this definition to be quite accurate. If you’re from the South, you know the true side of southern hospitality. I will say, majority of southerners truly are hospitable. They are proud of their southern heritage and happy to share it with the many out of town visitors. These people are the real southerners. The salt of the earth. If you need directions or have car trouble, etc, they are more than willing to lend a hand. They don’t even expect payment or anything in return. I am certain that the saying, “he’d give ya the shirt off his back,” was started in Mississippi. Now, on to the “hospifoulity” of the South. As always, there are a few bad apples that always spoil the bunch. The nosey, ole bitties that what to know when, where, what and who. They disguise their nosy prying with hospitality, when they really just want to get enough info about you to run back to the flock and gossip. These are the bad eggs that foul up are good natured, true southern hospitality. How do you distinguish between the two you ask? Well, you don’t. They look and act the same as us true southerners, to your face that is. If it was up to me, I’d have a list at the visitor’s center on who to avoid. So, next time you’re visiting the Southern United States, and a local is quizzing you, heed my advice, and ask yourself, hospifoulity? Or hospitality?

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